This is the first in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. Anna is a National Park Ranger who, in this book, is based in Guadalupe National Mountains park in Texas. (She moves around from park to park in future books.) As a first mystery, it was competently written though the plotting was a little weak and the characters a bit formulaic. This book deals with the death of another park ranger that the higher-ups are willing to write off as an attack by a mountain lion. But Anna, who discovers the body, disagrees due to several inconsistencies in the evidence and pursues the truth despite pressure from her boss to let it go. From other people, I've heard the books improve over time but that this is an excellent introduction to Anna's character and to what drives her. I love her sister Molly's character!
My first Nevada Barr and Anna Pigeon novel. I found this book and went out and bought two other Barr boooks when I finished this one. I love Anna Pigeon and her trials and tribulations. I strongly recommend it.
Excellent! Finally a heroine after my own heart....tough, scared, honest, drinks too much, thinks too much. It's refreshing to read from a perspective of someone who is less than perfect. While I did figure out who had "done it", I utterly missed the why.... pooh. I should have been able to figure it out as all the clues were there.
If you admire outdoorsy type characters (even if you are not one yourself) who are so self sufficient they can hike for days with not even one blister, then you'll like Anna Pigeon. If you like national parks and wish you could explore them in-depth, then Nevada Barr is the author for you. If you like mysteries that you can't figure out until the end, then Track of the Cat is your read. I usually read cozies, so I found it a little gritty for my taste, but I still ordered the next title in the series.
Ms. Barr has been writing this wonderful series for quite some time, and my wife was after me to read about Anna Pigeon. I'm glad that I did.
This is the first of the books in the series. While it's not really important to read them in sequence, those of us who are "type A" will appreciate doing so.
Anna is a 40'sh park ranger with an interesting personality which is revealled slowly over the course of the books (some characters to pop up in many). She's a strong and resilient female heroine, not without her own demons.
I found that the mystery involved in this volume was not particularly difficult to solve, so in a way, the character interplay, dialog and descriptions are more important that the resolution of the mystery itself.
I guess in that way, Ms. Barr is like Robert Parker, whose Spenser books are less about the mystery than aboput Spenser's interaction with his loves and friends. Ms. Barr, however, is much more detailed in her description of events (particularly scenery and details about the various parks where Anna works) than Parker ever is, and she uses dialogue much less frequently to advance the plot.
Anna Pigeon has become one of my favorites, and this is a great place to start.
This was a fun, light read. The author tried to give some of the characters some depth and roundness, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, I was able to figure out the end fairly early on. Not a deal breaker if the writing is good, but it was a little disappointing. It's the first book though, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Since I haven't read any books by Nevada Barr, I decided to try her 1st one. I liked it; there were some twists and turns; the author kept the reader guessing who the culprit actually was, and I think it was written quite well. Ms. Barr didn't drag out the background on any of the characters, but made them seem real. A good read for a change. (On my part.)